H is for herbal remedies
Comprising raw herbal medicines, tinctures, infusions, creams, lotions, powders, granulated concentrates, capsules, patent pills and compresses among others, herbal remedies are fast becoming a popular complement to mainstream healthcare.
Incorporating herbal remedies at home, especially over winter, is a great way to increase general wellbeing and ease minor ailments or discomfort.
If you are overworked or run-down you might find the winter months more exhausting as yin dominates yang. For cold or flu try peppermint, ginger, chrysanthemum, cinnamon twig and honeysuckle.
Warm, hearty soups, stews, casseroles and other slow-cooked meals are extremely beneficial in winter to support both yin and yang. Add fresh or dried herbs to soups and stews or brew your favourite combination as a tea.
To warm, nourish and protect the digestive and immune systems try cloves, fenugreek seeds, fennel, star anise, black peppercorn, licorice root, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, onions, chives, scallions, leeks.
Registered herbalists prescribe remedies for specific ailments, and it’s important to consult with a qualified practitioner if symptoms are severe or persistent.